Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Dáil Éireann Debate
448. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will approve the recruitment of staff at an organisation (details supplied) in County Kerry in view of the fact that 11 persons have retired from their posts in recent years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23220/11]
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): As the Deputy will be aware, the moratorium on filling staff vacancies across the public service remains in place. I am satisfied though that within this context, adequate staffing resources are in place in order to maintain the property referred to by the Deputy as a high quality visitor attraction.
In relation to the restoration project referred to, the Office of Public Works will act as project manager for these works and on behalf of my Department will engage suitably qualified contractors to carry out the necessary works. Where my Departmental staff are required to be involved in the project, this will be managed from existing resources, having regard to other existing work and management priorities.
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